Community First News & Updates

New Link Scheme Audit for 2018 – 2019

by | May 21, 2019 | Community Development, News

Did you know Wiltshire’s Link scheme is one of the most successful community transport schemes in the country?

With health related journeys in Wiltshire and Swindon up by 4.3%, this figure shows how invaluable this service is to local communities.

The Link Scheme was first put into action to support vulnerable and elderly people who may have trouble accessing transportation. Community First saw a need to help those who may require additional support.

Between 2017-18, Link volunteers offered more than 135,000 hours of their time and travelled over 903,711 miles to help keep local communities connected.

Volunteers use their own cars to provide the services for members of the public with duties ranging from: trips to the local shops, running lunch clubs, picking up prescriptions, visiting GP surgeries, shopping, offering door-to-door transport and supporting with tasks around the home. Tasks also include house and garden duties.

The service, based on an hourly rate for each individual volunteer, is worth over £1.6m.

Fast forward to 2018, Link volunteers have offered a further 137,201 hours to communities across the county, completing over 52,880 tasks. Over 1,624 volunteers offered a valuable lifeline to people who would otherwise struggle to get around.

The Link service makes Community First proud to support this scheme.  

Volunteer with your local Link Scheme:

 
Do you love driving? Would you like to get out and about, meet new people and make new friends? Whether you have a little bit of time or a lot, your local Link Scheme is always looking for volunteers and would love to hear from you

Visit our Transport Directory and get in touch with your local Link Scheme today!

To find details of your local Link scheme and Minibus groups, please visit Wiltshire Link & Community Transport for more information. Call 01380 722475 or email transport@communityfirst.org.uk

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